Taz says that Ricky Steamboat is one of the greatest in-ring workers of all time, and we saw several reasons why during this match. The match opens with a series of arm-drags, and Taz says that Steamboat’s arm-drag is one of the best he’s ever seen. He admits that it takes two people to make these types of moves look good, but Steamboat’s technique was picture perfect.
Savage and Steamboat trade offence early on, and Taz likes this concept because it keeps the fans guessing early on and allows both competitors to get into the match.
Taz mentions that Savage and Steamboat were both built like athletes during this time. They weren’t quite as large and bulky as most other professional wrestlers were during this time, and this allowed them to do a lot of innovative things in the ring such as top rope elbow drops.
Another example of why Steamboat is one of the greatest in-ring workers of all time is his amazing ability to sell. Taz points out that Savage was working as a straight heel during this match, and Steamboat’s ability to sell made Savage’s heelish antics even more impressive.
As the match progresses, Taz mentions that Savage dropped an elbow from the top turnbuckle to the outside of the ring, and both competitors took turns back-body dropping each other over the guardrail. He points out that this type of match was a rarity in 1987, and he believes it was risky by McMahon to allow these two men to work this style of match at this point in time.